Panaji: Celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi or ‘Chavath’ began across Goa with religious fervour, pomp and gaiety on Saturday.
The fesitval, in the coastal state, is celebrated with the installation of idol of Shri Ganesha at homes of Hindus. The idols are installed for a day and half, five days, seven days and 11 days as per the wishes of faithfuls. During the festival, a ‘matoli’ or canopy is installed above the idol of Lord Ganesha. The ‘matoli’ is decorated with various kind of fruits and other produce found in the season. During the festivities rituals,’bhajans’ and ‘aaratis’ are officiated in cities, towns in villages across the state. However, COVID-19 pandemic has dampened the festive spirit of the people who celebrated the festival although being at home.
This is the time when many, Goans who stay abroad or in other parts of the country, come back home to celebrate the festival with their dear ones. However, this year that too has been affected due to the pandemic.